Manzanita’s Hoffman Center for the Arts will hold an opening reception for its new exhibit this Saturday, June 1, showcasing work by a trio of artists alongside a variety of Ikebana containers.

The show features watercolors by Carolyn Gates, fabric art by Cathi Howell and ceramic sculpture by L. Levering Thomas.

A native of Southern California, Gates now resides in Oregon. She has studied studio art at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, California, and with Satoko Motouji at Lane Community College in Eugene. Watercolor is Gates’ main medium, and her works will feature the colors and bounty of the summer season.

Howell has been immersed in the arts for many years as an arts educator, entrepreneur, studio artist and designer. She has had her work shown at the Hoffman Gallery previously and has long been involved in the Manzanita arts community. Her current work features hand-designed fine art textiles and painted original cloth pieces.

Thomas moved the coast in 2008 and began painting. Her paintings have been shown in art shows and stores in Nehalem, Wheeler, Manzanita and Cannon Beach. After experiencing clay, she began sculpting, successfully participated in a Hoffman Gallery show of her ceramic sculptures, and was accepted into the Hoffman Center’s Word & Image Project. She will display several of her ceramic sculptures of varying sizes.

The show will also feature Ikebana containers from several artists, along with fresh arrangements created by volunteers. The Ikebana tradition dates back to 7th Century Japan, when floral offerings were made at altars. The name comes from the Japanese ike, meaning ‘alive’ or ‘arrange’ and bana meaning ‘flower.’

The reception will run from 3 to 5 pm, with a talk from the artists at 4 pm.

The show will be available to view from 1 to 5 pm, Thursdays through Sundays until June 30 at the Hoffman Center for the Arts, 594 Laneda Avenue.

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